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Thursday, May 23, 2013

" When young, rejoice in the tranquility of the old." Nagarjuna

Older people set great examples for us to learn by. My grandma was my best friend, I learned how to love from her, how to work hard, eat right and relax. learned patience and kindness ,laughter and love.

There is this older lady I see at the gym and the grocery store, she teaches me to never give up ,to be strong , and that you can get along with just about anyone and do anything if you try.

My father-in-law was a riot. He tried to pick up all my girls in my wedding party. After when we danced our first dance together ,which I was terrified of, he told I was the prettiest girl on the planet ,but not to worry cause he was all bluster and loved hi s wife.

He taught to have fun in life, to kid around , to think you can do anything with someone's else's help. he always started some project to help someone and before you knew it he enlisted three other people to finish and not realize what he just did. He played cards always saying he was the best and loved the game if he lost a hand would proclaim loudly that he never liked that game.

Every holiday and some weekends his yard was full of his friends . There would be fifty people drinking and laughing and playing cards and bingo.. He would often exclaim in the mist of the ruckus ," Everyone have I told you what my grandson did recently. " He always had high praise for the family.

He taught me to be gracious and not complain. When I would visit him in the hospital where he was fighting lung cancer , he would be sleeping but not peacefully. His whole body would contort with pain, his hands clenched often. When he awoke someone would ask him how he was . He would get his pad out and write fine or great and then how was your day?

you can learn many lessons from older people and hopefully one day you will be lucky enough to become one of them.
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    Very nice blog, Joanne. He sounds like a great man.
    1856 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Yes, your Father in Law, was an inspiration, we are so lucky when we have people like them in our lives, just miss them so much when they are gone. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    Sounds like your father in law was a real fire cracker! It's always great to have one of those in the family. Great that he left an example of how to live right. That's really the best thing any of of can hope to leave behind. emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Great blog. I deal with many elderly patients every day and I do learn from them and love taking care of them. The older folks are so inspirational and we need to learn from them. I am so glad your father in law was such a great part of your life. I am so sorry for your loss. May his next journey be peaceful and pain free!

    1857 days ago
    true emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • MELAMA210
    1857 days ago
    Hey, I am getting to be "one of those older people"
    I hope I can share wisdom with others.
    1857 days ago
    Beautiful and inspiring blog Joanne! It sounds like you learned a lot of important life lessons from such a great guy! Hope you and your family are holding up okay. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    Beautiful blog and sooo true!!
    1857 days ago
    You sure can learn from the elderly , your father in law set good example to others as to how to enjoy life to the fullest. Your fortunate to be able to recognize the qualities of his life in all stages . How is your DH holding up ? Hugs Karen emoticon
    1857 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/23/2013 10:18:37 AM
    Your Father in law sounds like he was a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    You can learn many lessons from anyone no matter the age - one must just pay attention.
    1857 days ago
    He sounds a wonderful charecter Joanne, I am so sorry you've lost such a valued and loved family member.
    my thoughts are with you babe emoticon
    1857 days ago
    My heart goes out to you once again, Joanne. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your FIL. It is really good to cherish these memories and I for one appreciate you sharing your memories with us.

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    1857 days ago
    What a great man, I wish I had met him.. even if it had been as one of his caregivers. What a huge aspiration he is to be so happy and content.
    I have a new role model in someone I have never met but can aspire to be as helpful, loving, content and strong.
    YOu all have been very lucky to have him in your life.
    1857 days ago
    Find the best in everyone to bring out the best in you. I do hope we can both experience the tranquility of the old!
    1857 days ago
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